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Posted on: October 18, 2020

Fire Weather Watch Upgraded to Red Flag Warning

10.18.20 NWS Fire Weather Watch

UPDATE 10/19/20

The Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning. See update here:



The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the North Bay Mountains beginning Monday (10/19) at 11PM to Wednesday (10/21) at 8AM. A period of gusty offshore winds and dry conditions will develop across the North Bay mountains Monday night through Wednesday morning.


* AFFECTED AREA:  North Bay Mountains.

* WIND:  North to northeast 10 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Winds will be stronger overnight. Locally stronger winds are possible over the higher ridges and peaks. 

* HUMIDITY:  Daytime humidities in the 12-20% range with poor overnight recoveries in the 20-30% range. 

* HIGHEST THREAT:  Mountains of Napa County and northeastern Sonoma County. 

* IMPACTS:  Any fires that start will likely spread rapidly due to the combination of dry fuels, gusty north-northeasterly winds, and low humidities. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:  A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Check for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.

City of Santa Rosa Preparedness Information:

10.18.20 NWS Fire Weather Watch

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